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A word, such as a preposition, a conjunction, or an article, that has little semantic content of its own and chiefly indicates a grammatical relationship. Also called form word, functor.
a word, as a preposition, conjunction, or article, that chiefly expresses grammatical relationships and has little semantic content of its own (disting. from content word).
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|Noun||1.||function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning|
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
determinative, determiner - one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
preposition - a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
particle - a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form